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“Anti-union repression in education has reached an unprecedented scale”

DOn Sunday, September 4, Kai Terada, a 16-year-old mathematics teacher at Joliot-Curie High School in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine), received a 4-month suspension notice from the rectorate, without giving a reason. On Thursday, September 8, he was summoned to the rectory in Versailles. His administrative file, which he had the opportunity to consult during the interview, was still empty. At the interview, the human resources director told him that he had not been charged with serious wrongdoing, but that he would probably be subject to a “business transfer” of less than 10 or 15 days, with the aim of “the return of peace to the company”. When his union lawyers pointed out that this was against all principles of military law, the director of human resources was satisfied that it was not too serious and that the case law was on his side.

“We, personalities from trade unions, politics, education and culture”

Kai Terada was not chosen randomly by the administration, any more than the Lycée Joliot-Curie. The school is a trade union stronghold, for years on the front line of social mobilizations. Kai Terada is a recognized figure in teacher activism at the local, regional and national levels. He is one of the leaders of Sud-Éducation, a trade union regularly targeted by the ministry, in the Hauts-de-Seine. He has led a large number of strikes in his facility and in his city, is a member of the General Assembly of Strikers at the Île-de-France level and is recognized for the important role he played in the mobilization of Touche pas ma ZEP (TPMZ) in 2016. Finally, he is very active in support networks for young undocumented migrants, especially through the Education Without Borders (RESF) network.

It is clear that this administration decision targets a union activist. His colleagues point out that accusing Kai of contributing to the establishment’s “lack of calm” is pure brainwashing in nameless bad faith. A large number of them had also been on strike since September 5th, and on Thursday September 8th they gathered in front of the Versailles rectory to support him.

With the “transfers in the interest of service” procedure, the administrative hierarchy found a good vein. This was greatly facilitated by the Civil Service Transformation Act of 2018, which removed the requirement to refer the measure to the appropriate joint committee. Now it is purely and simply the act of a prince who is not obliged to excuse them: the cynicism expressed by the Rectorate of Versailles at the summons of Kai Terada is a good example of this.

It is not the first time that the administration has used this procedure, since the case of the Collège République (Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis) in 2019. Since then, the argument of the administration is always the same: it is restore peace in the company, despite all reality. The targets are also always the same: trade unionists, teachers involved in their educational or association practices. The interest of the service under these conditions is never the interest of the pupils, but of the hierarchy, which can thus, at little cost, get rid of watchful people ready to point the finger at all its excesses.

Anti-union repression in education took on an unprecedented scale under Jean-Michel Blanquer, especially against employees who challenged the establishment of a new high school diploma in 2019. So it continues under Papo Ndiaye. The modus operandi becomes more and more Kafkaesque. It’s time for it to stop.

We, personalities from trade unions, politics, education and culture, are dedicated to Kai Terado and the victims of anti-union repression in education.

We call, together with the National Education Interunion, to attend a rally in front of the Ministry of National Education on Wednesday, September 21st at 3:00 p.m., and demand that the proceedings against Kai Terada be dropped and that all decisions taken against all oppressed trade unionists in recent years be reversed.


Coralie Benech, SNEP-FSU Co-Secretary General

Elvis Bruneaux, Ministerial Joint Secretary for Education SUD 92

Marie Buisson, General Secretary of FERC-CGT

Colin Champion, president of High School Voice

Christophe Delecourt, Co-Secretary General of UFSE-CGT

Patrick Désiré, national secretary of the UFSE-CGT

Simon Duteil, general co-delegate of the Union Syndicale Solidaires

Alissa Fouquet, Federal Secretary of Student Solidarity

Sigrid Gérardin, general secretary of SNUEP-FSU

Leny Gras, general secretary of the National High School Student Movement

Murielle Guilbert, general co-delegate of the Union Syndicale Solidaires

Adeline Le Guennec, Departmental Co-Secretary for Education SUD 92

Gwenaël Le Paih, Deputy General Secretary of SNES-FSU

Michaël Marcilloux, General Secretary of CGT Éduc’action

Gaëlle Martinez, General Delegate for the Public Service of Solidaires

Frédéric Moreau, Secretary General of CGT Éduc’action Versailles

Imane Ouelhadj, President of UNEF

Marian Petitfils, Departmental Co-Secretary of SNES-FSU 92

Maxime Pouvreau, General Secretary of CGT Éduc’action 92

Emmanuel Séchet, Deputy General Secretary of SNES-FSU

Fatna Seghrouchni, Federal Joint Secretary for Education SUD

Jules Siran, Federal Co-Secretary for Education SUD

Benoît Teste, General Secretary of the FSU

Antoine Tardy, academic secretary of SNES-FSU Versailles

Laurène Thibault, co-secretary of the SNES-FSU 92 department

Maud Valegeas, Federal Co-Secretary for Education SUD, Deputy CSE

Charlotte Vanbesien, FERC-CGT Deputy Secretary General

Sophie Vénétitay, general secretary of SNES-FSU

Céline Verzeletti, General Co-Secretary of UFSE-CGT

Isabelle Vuillet, General Co-Secretary of CGT Éduc’action

Political figures:

Ségolène Amiot, representative of LFI-Nupes from Loire-Atlantique

Rodrigo Arenas, LFI-Nupes representative in Paris

Nathalie Arthaud, spokeswoman for Lutte Ouvrière

Olivier Besancenot, spokesman for the NPA

Idir Boumertit, representative of LFI-Nupes du Rhône

Alexis Corbière representative of LFI-Nupes from Seine-Saint-Denis

Hendrik Davi, LFI-Nupes MP for Bouches-du-Rhône

Elsa Faucillon, GDR-Nupes representative for Hauts-de-Seine

Charles Fournier, member of the environmental group Nupes of Indres-et-Loire

Jérôme Legavre representative of LFI-Nupes from Seine-Saint-Denis

Sarah Legrain, LFI-Nupes representative from Paris

Mathilde Panot representative of LFI-Nupes from Val-de-Marne

Francesca Pasquini, MP for Hauts-de-Seine, environmental group NUPES

Stéphane Peu, GDR-Nupes representative for Seine-Saint-Denis

Sébastien Peytavie, representative of the environmental group Nupes from Dordogne

Christine Poupin, spokeswoman for the NPA

Philippe Poutou, spokesman for the NPA

Jean-Claude Raux, representative of the environmental group Nupes of Loire-Atlantique

Sabrina Sebaihi, member of the environmental group Nupes

Aurélien Saintoul, LFI-Nupes representative for Hauts-de-Seine

Paul Vannier, MP-LFI Nupes of Val-d’Oise

Léo Walter, representative of LFI-Nupes from Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Personality of education and culture:

Joseph Andras, writer

Etienne Balibar, philosopher

Ludivine Bantigny, historian

Nageate Belahcen, co-president of the CIPF

Arno Bertina, writer

Laurent Binet, writer

Carla Dugault, CIPF Co-Chair

Catherine Chabrun, retired teacher, Freinet pedagogy

Grégory Chambat, trade unionist and educator

Véronique Decker, retired teacher

Laurence de Cock, historian and teacher

Annie Ernaux, writer

Kaoutar Harchi, writer and sociologist

Mathilde Larrère, historian

Christian Laval, sociologist

Sandra Lucbert, writer

Philippe Mérieu, teacher

Irene Pereira, IRESMO

Fabrice Riceputi, historian

Patrick Silberstein, physician and publisher

Philippe Watrelot, teacher

Rachid Zerrouki, professor and author

Photo: © Serge d’Ignazio

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